High School Introduction to the Physics of Space Flight

Short summary course of High School Physics Space Flight Physics.
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1hr 48min of on-demand video
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This in an INTRODUCTORY level course, written for high school leaving certificate students.
Please look through the preview materials before enrolling.
Summary of Gravity and Projectile Motion
Summary of the Physics of Orbiting Bodies
Introduction to Special Realativity.
Calculating Length, Time and Mass effects of relativistic speed
Implications of Special Relativity for Space Flight


  • The course requires fluency in the English Language.
  • Reasonable proficiency in junior high school math.
  • Reasonable proficiency in junior high school science.
  • This is a High School Leaving Certificate Level Physics course.


Please check out the many preview lectures and lecture descriptions before you enroll.

IF in any doubt, do not enroll.

This course has been cut down from over 7 hours of video content to less than 2, in order to make it free on UDEMY.

This was done as the income from the course no longer justifies the extra expenses related to running a business for tax purposes.

All deleted videos are available on my You Tube channel, 'John Moylan'

This is a a High School level Physics course, covering the Space topic from the old New South Wales Higher School Certificate course, and going beyond syllabus requirements in several places.  The new syllabus, for which a course is in preparation, omits much of the material covered in this course. 

The course starts starts with summaries covering the basic properties of gravity and gravitational fields, projectile motion and uniform circular motion, Kepler's Laws, and Newtons Law of Universal Gravitation. 

The majority of the considers Special Relativity.  These lectures cover the historic understanding of the nature of light, and the development of the Theory of Special Relativity.  The lectures cover Length, Time, and Mass effects of relativistic speed, and how to calculate these, as well as the implications of Special Relativity for Space Travel.

Concepts are explained simply, using illustrations where appropriate.  The assumed level of ability and knowledge is reasonable levels of proficiency in junior high school level science and math.  Leaving certificate (HSC) Physics is not an easy course, and is usually studied by higher ability students.  Some of the concepts, especially in the final section of the course, Special Relativity, are complex.  This is a high school level course, but one aimed at high ability leaving certificate students.

There is little assumed knowledge, apart from a general familiarity with science and math, such as that provided by junior (years 7 to 10) high school.  This is a Senior High School Level course, it is an introduction to concepts such as gravity, projectile motion, orbital mechanics, how rockets work and relativity, 

Who this course is for:

  • Please look through the lecture descriptions and previews, IF IN DOUBT DO NOT ENROLL.
  • This is a High School Level Physics Course
  • People interested in a high shchool level introduction to the Physics of Space Flight.


High School Physics Teacher
John Moylan
  • 3.7 Instructor Rating
  • 162 Reviews
  • 2,987 Students
  • 2 Courses

I am a physics teacher currently employed in the NSW school system, and can teach all science subjects, but my principal area of expertise is Physics teaching. 

I have studied both Physics and Astronomy subjects at Macquarie and Sydney Universities, giving me a sound theoretical understanding of the material covered in the HSC Physics course.  This understanding has been added to by teaching Physics and Science subjects to students in High Schools ranging from central schools in far western NSW to large high schools in Sydney.

My Qualifications include B. Sc. (hon.) from Newcastle University, Grad. Dip. Ed., from Macquarie University and an M. A. from Sydney University.

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